Monday, May 07, 2007

Let's (not) Twist Again

Because I've been so "out and proud" about being from Kansas, I've gotten a great deal of questions regarding the safety of my family and friends there. I am happy to report that all is well. There have been some close calls, namely the K-5 tornado that hit Greensburg last week. It was the first one the US has had in five years. We should be thankful that the death toll is much lower this time around (Hooray for the advanced warnings). Of course the town itself is much smaller this time (1,574) ! But the tornado was HUGE. Meteorologists of the National Weather Service said "Friday night's tornado had wind estimated at 205mph, and carved a track 1.7 miles wide and 22 miles long (source)."

That the same "super-cell" storm system traveled northeast by my parents' town (Great Bend) and then continued on up to Concordia (near the Nebraska border). A cancelled 2004 check from Greensburg was found in their town! The following night, my folks had three tornado alarms in one single night. This means a tornado has been spotted on the ground nearby and to take cover. Since neither my parents or grandmother have basements, they had to slosh across the flooded streets to a neighbour's home. The third time, my grandmother refused to go and I really can't say I blame her. Instead she sat in her closet. Many farmers are still without electricity and roads all over are flooded from the heavy rains accompanying the storm.

It is tragic about Greensburg. As you can see, there really is nothing left of that town. I've been there before but all I can remember is that it held the World's Largest Hand-Dug Well. I wonder if people took shelter there? I also wonder where the meteorite from the museum went? At 1,000 lbs, it shouldn't be too hard to find! At any rate, my prayers go out to those affected and hope they can put their lives back together somehow.


Kethryvis said...

I saw on teevee a tornado right outside of Great Bend, so I'd say your parents were right on the money. And it went through Concordia?! Wow, that hits close. I'm glad everyone is okay, let's hope that the summer storms are getting all their anger out at the beginning of the season and the rest of the season will be calmer by comparison.

Jolie said...

Wow, I had no idea these tornadoes were so close to family. Man, you would think family would keep other family informed. I guess that's what your blog is for. :)

I'm glad everyone is well and that Grandma was fine in the closet. I will take earthquakes over tornadoes any day!

sassiekiwi said...


I thought of your family and I am glad everyone is okay. The destruction is just devastating for people. I can't imagine how it must be to have your whole life's stuff wiped out in a moment of time. Its one thing to be left with your life and memories and that is a blessing but still ... how devastating to lose homes, family photos, momentos ... everything else. Thanks for sharing- it makes it more real for those of us miles away, untouched.